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Dr James Darling

Reader in Isotope Geochemistry

James Darling


I am a geologist who specialises in the development and application of geochemical and microstructural techniques to problems in Earth and planetary science. My research aims to better understand the origin and evolution of the Earth’s crust, and how it has been shaped by meteorite impacts through time. Recently this has involved studying impact structures, some of Earth’s oldest rocks and meteorites from the Moon and Mars. I also apply the analytical tools developed for this research into the understanding of processes that lead to major deposits of metals that are critical for sustainable technologies.

Research Interests

  • Dating Solar System processes via combined imaging, EBSD and U-Pb isotope analysis of planetary achondrites.
  • Origin and evolution of the >3.8 Ga Nuvvuagittuq greenstone belt, Superior Province, Canada.
  • Formation of the Sudbury impact melt sheet – one of the largest and oldest on Earth and a possible analogue for conditions on the Early Earth.
  • Development of novel techniques for in-situ geochemical and isotopic measurements by Laser Ablation ICP-MS.
  • Application of novel isotopic tools to the dating and tracing of ore-formation.

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